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Alaska is no different than the rest of the North...
Alaska is no different than the rest of the North American ECA, and scrubbers or low sulfur diesel is required within 200 nm of the N. American coastline. Except, of course, California, where...
NCL typically hires retired Gurkhas for security...
NCL typically hires retired Gurkhas for security officers.
Actually, the reason you hear about ABB azipod...
Actually, the reason you hear about ABB azipod (and that is their registered trade name) problems is because they are by far the largest producer of podded propulsion systems in the world. Their...
As far as a "safety plan", each and every ship in...
As far as a "safety plan", each and every ship in the world, over 400 gross tons, (cruise and cargo) is required to have an ISPS code (International Ship and Port Security) plan. Now, finding out...
Yes, residual fuel is cheaper, which is why...
Yes, residual fuel is cheaper, which is why scrubbers are attractive alternatives. With the 2020 upcoming worldwide limits on sulfur content in fuel, which can still be met by low sulfur residual...
While I'm not a petrochemical engineer, I've had...
While I'm not a petrochemical engineer, I've had some introduction to the chemistry of fuels, and their practical application. Crude oils are of two basic types; parafinic or aliphatic. Now,...
Gotta agree with all your points. As far as...
Gotta agree with all your points. As far as price, with kids living in Boston and Quincy, we are down there regularly, and we find that Portland's prices are equal or higher than Boston. Good food,...
And this is not the first power strip I've seen...
And this is not the first power strip I've seen advertised on Amazon as being non-surge protected, yet when I go to the manufacturer's website, it clearly states that it is. The problem is that...
Quite true. Not sure who is saying the water is...
Quite true. Not sure who is saying the water is "recycled". Some of the wastewater is used, in strictly non-potable systems, and tightly controlled, with no possible cross-connection to a potable...
Yes, with a high voltage megohmmeter, you could...
Yes, with a high voltage megohmmeter, you could test this, but that's not something most folks have lying around the house.

The labeling is stamped right on the plastic case, and I would think...
Yeah, it would require sawing the unit open to...
Yeah, it would require sawing the unit open to see if there are MOV semi-conductors in there. I think Bob did this with a Belkin mini, and completely destroyed it.
Well, here's the straight dope on using different...
Well, here's the straight dope on using different fuels. There are Emission Control Areas (ECA's) established around the world where the allowable sulfur emissions are greatly reduced, and require...
Boone's used to be a Portland landmark, if a bit...
Boone's used to be a Portland landmark, if a bit dated as a restaurant, and went out of business a few years back. New owner Harding Lee Smith is an award winning chef (though by all accounts he is...
Not much to see with the distillers/RO units. No...
Not much to see with the distillers/RO units. No real moving parts, they just sit there and make fresh water.

Yep. It's the idea that near coastal waters are more likely to have pollutants than...
The amount of fuel seems about right, the number...
The amount of fuel seems about right, the number of tanks is somewhat high, but that may include "non-storage" tanks (tanks that are filled from the storage tanks, and that feed either through the...
Unfortunately, this is about the third or fourth...
Unfortunately, this is about the third or fourth thread where I've responded about this device. Even though "Cruise On" makes the statement that the device is not surge protected, if you look at the...
Lobster rolls are great for a quick bite on the...
Lobster rolls are great for a quick bite on the go. For a sit down meal, I prefer warm lobster dishes, and just about any way it's served is fine with me. The best places don't overdo the sauces on...
This is correct. TSA agents do not do port...
This is correct. TSA agents do not do port screening, but they provide the expertise to train the security personnel used by the port authority, and guidance on requirements for inclusion in the...
While that is a time to get a triple inspection...
While that is a time to get a triple inspection as you say, they will normally break it down a bit and reschedule either the USCG or USPH to the next turn around. Immigration can't wait. And the...
To answer the OP's question directly, the water...
To answer the OP's question directly, the water comes from two sources, either municipal water from a port or distilled/desalinated from sea water.

Water from shore must meet EPA/WHO standards for...
Great place, but I'd schedule a bit off hours, as...
Great place, but I'd schedule a bit off hours, as I've found it wicked packed at lunch time.
That "open" area is a galley. If you believe...
That "open" area is a galley. If you believe that any space that is blank on deck plans is really "empty"or "open" space, I've got a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you. Without adding more...
A private yacht, even one operating in US waters,...
A private yacht, even one operating in US waters, is not required to have a wastewater treatment plant that a cruise vessel would have. MARPOL Annex IV (sewage) exempts vessels less than 400 tons...
Just like cruise ships, cargo ships are required...
Just like cruise ships, cargo ships are required by law to drydock twice in 5 years. Up until 15 years old, the mid-period drydocking can be replaced by an underwater survey by divers. Drydock...
In Portland, you can get some really "serious"...
In Portland, you can get some really "serious" lobster in either "nice" places or more "rustic" places, the rustic places have better prices, but less fancy dinnerware.

Nice places:

Boone's...